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Do Americans Believe that Christianity is as Violent as Islam?

February 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Do Americans believe that Christianity is as Violent as Islam? Seeds of the Word (Week 8 of 11) Take out of consideration the Creator, who made every person in love and destined each for eternal life, and properly inalienable rights promptly disappear.  And individuals become, in very short order, the objects of political manipulation and domination. To see the truth of this, all we have to do is... Read More

The Light of Faith – How I was Converted by two College Classmates I Never Knew

February 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

The Light of Faith – How I was Converted by Two College Classmates I Never Knew   Seeds of the Word (Week 7 of 11) In “New” atheist and secularist circles today, faith is regularly ridiculed. It is presented as a pre-scientific mumbo jumbo, Bronze Age credulity, the surrender of the intellect, unwarranted submission to authority, etc. Time and time again, the late Christopher Hitchens,... Read More

Gospel Truth in Fiction

February 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Gospel Truth in Fiction Seeds of the Word (Week 6 of 11) I’m a huge fan of novels. Left to my own devices, I might never pick up another nonfiction book… And when I have the chance to find the Gospel truth in fiction…well, I feel more than a little justified. 🙂 Last year, I pulled a novel off the shelf. “I advise to read it,” the cover boasted, with Pope Francis’... Read More

Original Sin, Confederate Flags, and the Politics of Social Reform

January 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Original Sin, Confederate Flags, and the Politics of Social Reform Seeds of the Word (Week 5 of 11) The source of the greatest suffering throughout human history is the attempt to deal with original sin on our own, through our political, economic, military, or cultural efforts. When we try to eliminate conflict and sin through social reform, we inevitably make matters worse. As Pascal said long ago,... Read More

Snow and the Spiritual Life

Snow and the Spiritual Life   What does snow have to do with the spiritual life?   Editor’s Comment: Many of us might not think there is a connection — between the two — other than that the fresh, sparkling snow manifests the glory and wonder and power of the Almighty. Here, I am reminded of the canticle, proclaimed with one voice by the three young men (Shadrach, Meshach,... Read More

Finding Jesus in Superhero Movies

January 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Seeds of the Word (Week 4 of 11) Confession: I’m a fan of superhero movies. It’s my husband’s fault. He introduced me to Iron Man and we’ve made date nights again and again as new movies have been released. While we mostly stay with the Marvel universe (cleaner and interwoven so delightfully), I can’t help but notice how these suited men trying to save the world from... Read More

What Do Your Want with all Your Heart?

January 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

What Do Your Want with all Your Heart? Seeds of the Word (Week 3 of 11) In the Gospel of John, Jesus turns on two young men who are following him and asks, “What do you want?” It’s an indispensably important question. Many people go through life not really knowing what they most fundamentally want, and accordingly, they drift. The correct answer to Jesus’ question is “eternal life” or... Read More

How Seeds of the Word May Make Me Watch More Movies

January 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

How Seeds of the Word May Make Me Watch More Movies   Seeds of the Word (Week 2 of 11) Sometimes the way God gets me to read a book is by having me give away my review copy and forcing me to purchase one… And sometimes the way God gets me to watch more movies is to have me purchase a book I could’ve read for free. I’m a huge fan of Bishop Barron and his work. I’ve been... Read More

Announcing Our New Book: Seeds of the Word

January 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Announcing Our New Book: Seeds of the Word: Finding God in the Culture Seeds of the Word (Week 1 of 11) We, here at the Spiritual Direction Book Club hope you and your family have enjoyed a blessed Holiday Season! It’s been a while since we enjoyed your company; but we’re glad you popped in today because we are so excited to announce our latest book!!!! For the next twelve weeks,we will... Read More

Scandalous Mercy and Tireless Mercy: Beautiful Mercy Book Club

November 22, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Beautiful Mercy (Week 5 of 5)   Mercy is one of those words that’s just…used. We toss it around without fully thinking about what it means, what it implies, what trouble it causes. Scandalous would definitely not have been on the list of adjectives I would have used to describe mercy before reading this book, but consider how Fr. James Mallon describes “scandalous mercy”: God’s... Read More

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